Letter from the Director

 

In 2009, nearly 11,000 people were killed in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. In Illinois alone, 319 of the 911 traffic fatalities in 2009 were the result of an impaired driver.

 

That is why IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety joins with state and local law enforcement officials to develop programs aimed at curbing drinking and driving.

 

The message is simple. No matter what you drive - a passenger car, pickup truck, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle - if you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No exceptions. No excuses.

 

Driving with a BAC of 0.08 or higher is illegal in every state. Yet we continue to see far too many people suffer debilitating injuries and loss of their loved ones as a result of impaired driving. This careless disregard for human life must stop.

 

Much of the tragedy that comes from impaired driving could be prevented if

everyone would take these few simple precautions:

  • Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys or call a taxi.
  • Use your community's designated driver program.
  • Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.
  • Wear your safety belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take his or her keys and help make other arrangements to get to them where they are going safely.